A military judge ruled Friday that drill sergeants have so much power over trainees that they don't need to use a weapon or threaten force to be found guilty of rape.

In a major setback for the defense in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, the judge further stated that the women need not resist or object, either.The judge, Col. Paul Johnston, refused to dismiss any of the 19 rape counts against Simpson, the first soldier to stand trial in the Aberdeen sex scandal that led to an investigation of sexual misconduct at U.S. military bases around the world.